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Thirroul screening of new doco

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THE Wollongong premiere of new documentary Growing Change will screen this Friday at the Thirroul Railway Institute Hall.

Made by Simon Cunich, who grew up in Wollongong and attended Illawarra Grammar School, it is the first feature length film he has completed.

As a teenager, Cunich was actively involved in local campaigns for social justice such as organising his classmates to demonstrate for refugee rights. This passion has translated into his films.

Growing Change is a documentary that looks at the exciting experiments to grow a fair and sustainable food system in the world today. Simon is from a long line of farmers but has never had anything to do with food production himself. Against the backdrop of the global food crisis he begins a journey to find out how the world will feed itself in the future in the face of major environmental challenges. The journey takes him into his family’s past, sees him working on an organic farm but eventually ends with him in an unlikely place: the oil-rich South American nation of Venezuela.

Featuring interviews with Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, international writer Raj Patel and local Venezuelans farmers, this inspiring film shows that at the core of the process are principles of social justice and sustainability.

Simon will be attending both screenings and conducting a ‘Q&A’ session with the audience.

Growing Change recently won the Shark Island Documentary Award which is awarded each year to an outstanding documentary project with a strong potential for social impact.

The film will be shown at Thirroul Railway Hall on Friday, May 11 at 6.30pm and at Port Kembla Community Centre on Saturday, May 12 at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $15 or $10 concession.

For more information phone Cunich on 0438 297 552 or event organiser Tim Dobson on 0430 209 865.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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